This year, I’ve been focused on accountable talk in my third grade personalized learning unit. Students in my room work independently on leveled tasks or projects while I work with students who need more support. It is vitally important that the talk that they engage in during this time is relevant to the task at hand. Practicing with accountable talk stems during our morning meetings have helped the kids build a culture of accountable conversations. I started with only four choices for our accountable talk stems and I increased them by two each week as the students had practice with using them. The gray cards are would you rather and are great for whole group. The blue cards are small group discussion cards that are fairly basic. The green cards are more advanced situational cards. I hope these task cards help you have meaningful practice that will transition into your small group and independent work times.
***I would encourage you to create some questions that relate to every day situations in your own classroom to help the discussions take on even more meaning for your kids. I left you a few blank copies of each style of question. Print a full sized version of the stems or print in quads for mini-cards in small group.